La Varenne is one of my favourite places. You must come visit to see for yourself and I'm sure it will become one of your favourite places too. This beautiful farmhouse is a home away from home, it has all the amenities you could possibly want or need with the added bonus of a fab swimming pool, outdoor areas and garden. Joy & John are the equally beautiful owners who welcome you with open arms and ensure you're stay there is exactly what you want it to be - stress free and relaxing. With lots of local knowledge they are happy to recommend lovely places to visit and fluent in French they are never too busy to help with anything you may need. Definitely a 5* Farmhouse with 5* hosts. We fell in love with La Varenne and Joy & John when we first visited in 2014 & did so all over again in 2016.Can't wait to visit again.
We stayed in La Varenne over the Month of Nov. The Gite is everything you could ask for, it has a lovely Lounge with nice big woodburner sky TV, WiFi and even a piano. The kitchen has every appliance, utensil, pan or crockery you would ever need to create a banquet if needed. The bathroom has the bonus of a nice large bath with over head shower and an additional bathroom with shower on the upper floor. The decor thoughout the Gite is very tasteful and inkeeping with the French county and it. As for John and Joy they are the perfect Hosts of La Varenne and cannot help you enough to make sure your stay with them is an excellent one. You will not be disappointed if you book a holiday there.
Fantastique gîte, fantastique location, fantastique hosts all made for a fantastiquely relaxing holiday - couldn't have been better. Highly recommend this place.
After a crazy year we were so desperate for a break, we knew the best place to be was La Varenne Farmhouse (yes, we've been before).
The owners, John and Joy, as welcoming as ever. The accommodation second to none (if only my own home was as well equipped and beautifully presented). The surrounding countryside so pretty and peaceful.
Every evening we went to bed with the best intentions, planning where we were going next day, nearly every morning we got up and decided to just relax on the terrace or in the pool.
Some might have thought this would make for a boring holiday, but the place just hugs you and makes you feel so welcome. Yes, it was a pity we missed out on some of the lovely local places to visit and activities to do, we'll do those next time we come, but for this year our object was to relax and we certainly did.
It was my birthday on our last day and we did manage the short trip to Chateau de Villars for a lovely lunch.
Can't wait to come back.
A lovely large and well equipped place that even boasts its own egg slicer. Well laid out for families with a great pool to relax next to. Very helpful owners with some great recommendations and local knowledge that they were keen to impart. If you are looking for relaxing rural France, it doesn't get much better than this.
The house is gorgeous, cool, and well equipped, with tons of outside space. There is nothing missing, and it really feels like Joy and John have worked hard to make this a real home. The pool is heated and really lovely, although somewhat difficult to get out of! The barbecue was a real bonus, and we all liked the cosy comfortable bedrooms.
Just returned from a fabulous week at La Varenne with friends and their 2 daughters. The gite is lovely - really well equipped, spacious and very comfortable. We were lucky with the weather and were able to eat every meal outside. Joy and John are fabulous hosts - nothing is too much trouble. The farmhouse is in a quiet area but there are lots of things to do nearby. We particularly enjoyed our visit to the Brantome police horse rescue centre. We will definitely be returning.